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Death, Birth, and Triumphs in the Northwest

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
10/11/2007

The world champion of Donkey Kong lives among us. Today, we look back at the Northwest stories of triumph that we've discovered, including writer Kathleen Alcala and novelist Nicola Griffith. We also learn about mothering from local animals and dying from a death midwife.



At 2:05 p.m. - The Circle of Life in the Northwest
Death midwife Char Barrett shares how to manage grief on your own terms, and Woodland Park Zoo curator Nancy Hawkes offers stories that shed light on the gifts that all mothers need.


At 2:25 p.m. - Personal Stories of the Northwest
Kathleen Alcala explores the many meanings of the word "family", Redmond local Steve Wiebe talks about his quest to become the world champion of Donkey Kong, and local novelist Nicola Griffith reveals why self-defense is not just a skill, it's a world view.


At 2:50 p.m. - Sounds Familiar
Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years and Beyond, joins us with the little-known history of songs we didn't know we knew so well.
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